Certificate of Origin
Certificate of Origin is a document, required by foreign
governments, declaring that goods in a particular international
shipment are of a certain origin. Even though the commercial invoice
usually includes a statement of origin, some countries require that a
separate certificate be completed. Customs offices will use this
document to determine whether or not a preferential duty rate applies on
the products being imported. Certificates of origin are important
because of trade agreements and regulations that might apply to goods
coming from the Canada.
The data required for a certificate of origin is generally the same
as for a commercial invoice. Basic information includes a description of
the goods, gross and net weight, and the number of packages. The
certificate will also include a brief statement as to the origin of the
goods. A few countries require specialized certificates of origin that
might include more detailed information and/or require a specific
wording for its origin declaration.
While some countries require certificates of origin for all products,
others may only require them for certain types of products. Almost all
Middle Eastern countries require that certificates of origin accompany
all shipments. Most Latin American and European countries, however, only
require the certificate for certain products, such as textiles.
Certificates of origin are generally unnecessary in Asia unless
requested by the importer. African nations run the gamut of
For assistance in determining if a certificate of origin is required
for a particular country, please contact the Trade Information Center .
[Sample Certificate of Origin
For instructions on how to complete the certificate of origin, please click here
a matter of policy and for reasons of liability, all documents
presented to us must be notarized before the Chamber certifies them.
Freight Forwarders/Exporters that frequently use our service often find
the notarization process costly and time consuming; an alternative to
notarization of these documents is through a “Letter of Waiver”. In
addition to notarization, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce also requires
a copy of your organization’s business registration and confirmation of
annual business license renewal.
To view and download a sample "Letter of Waiver" please click on the links below:Freight Forwarder Letter of Waiver Exporter Letter of Waiver
letters MUST BE TYPED and COMPLETED ON YOUR COMPANY’S LETTERHEAD and
MUST BE SIGNED AND SEALED BY A NOTARY OR COMMISSIONER OF OATHS. Please
only use the template provided as other letters will not be accepted.
Richmond Chamber of Commerce members receive 50% off.
The following prices are for 1 set of documents which is considered
to be up to & including 8 pages. Additional pages will be extra. We
will base sets on increments of 8 pages (if your set has 16 pages, we will consider that 2 sets...and so on).
Members: (Will be invoiced once a month)
Non-Members: (pre-paid basis)
* Please note, Certificate of Origin services are non-refundable.
The Richmond Chamber of Commerce can not certify the following documents:
|Certificates of origin from other countries;Government inspection agency certificates;NAFTA certificates of origin;Any document with a boycott clause;Scholastic degrees or diplomas;Personal documents, such as divorce, marriage or death certificates.
For more information please contact the Richmond Chamber Office at (604) 278-2822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org